Thomas Dillon Centenary Symposium

The Thomas Dillon Centenary Symposium celebrated 100 years since the appointment of Thomas P. Dillon as professor of chemistry at NUI Galway and his role in setting the course for Irish carbohydrate chemistry in the following century. Prof Paul Murphy, Dr Joseph Byrne, Dr Styliana Mirallai and the rest of the organising committee put together an excellent scientific programme showcasing the rich research on carbohydrates as natural resources and new medicines that is currently being carried out in Ireland and abroad. The evening programme was open to the public and included a historical lecture on Dillon’s life, a chemical ballet and 3-minute lightning talks by PhD students. Congratulations to Liam for winning 1st prize in this Threesis competition, and to all the other participants for their high-quality, delightfully enjoyable contributions – these, together with the rest of the evening’s programme, can be found on youtube and are truly worth a watch.

EFMC-ASMC ’19 Athens

It was a great honour and joy to present some of my work at this year’s EFMC International Symposium on Advances in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry in Athens. Thank you to the organisers for an excellent conference with an impressive lineup of speakers from industry and academia.

Arann wraps up his Masters

Arann leaving 2_2
(Photo credit: Eddie Myers)

After a great year in the lab, Arann is joining Teva Pharmaceuticals in Waterford. One of his last efforts in the lab included helping out with the joint chemical inventory of the O’Duill and Myers groups. Thank you to the whole team for their great work on this! And to Arann: Congratulations and good luck – your enthusiasm and inquisitiveness will be missed!

Cúram Annual Retreat 2019

Curam retreat 2019

Can we use poetry to communicate our science to the public? That was one of the questions asked at this year’s Cúram retreat in Athlone, along with other interesting challenges pertaining to our research and outreach activities. Congratulations to Liam and Neville on their election as graduate student representatives and a big thank you to the organisers – it was very inspiring to hear about the varied strands of research being carried out in Cúram and to get a ‘real world’ perspective from the members of the advisory board.

If you’re wondering how our attempts at poetry went – the answer is: Not Great, Not Terrible. Thanks to team Drug Delivery (Joe Byrne, Manita Dangol, Liam Fitzgerald, Jose Antonio Monterru, Neville Murphy) for their contributions to this work of art, and to Neville for the video.

Science Careers Day

Careers day

Congratulations to An Cumann Ceimice (Chem Soc) who organised a great careers day for science students on Tuesday, showcasing academic and industrial job opportunities for NUIG graduates. Our own Liam and Arann presented current work from the O’Duill group in a lightning talk and poster, respectively.

Denis starts in the lab

Denis Lacroix, who is currently studying for his Masters in Industrial Chemical Engineering at the Meurice Institute in Brussels, has joined the group on a six-month ERASMUS project. He will continue Maria’s project on directing groups in C—H activation and is already putting his excellent practical skills to use in the lab. We look forward to working with Denis!


‘Tis the Season

The O’Duill group had a lovely evening of fun and food at our Christmas Dinner last Thursday, together with the Burnell, Farràs and Myers groups. An early start the next morning took us to Dublin for the 17th Annual Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology (CSCB) Symposium at the RCSI with great science from Professors Jonathan Nitschke, Chris Braddock, Kevin Booker-Milburn, Ed Tate and Helma Wennemers. We’ve already bookmarked this event again for next year!